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University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services: Bike E-newsletter
March 19, 2012

Classes Offer Spring Tune Up of Biking Skills

Warmer spring weather brings out bicycles across campus and throughout Lexington. The University of Kentucky Bicycle Advisory Committee is announcing several upcoming opportunities for members of the campus community to improve their bicycle skills and knowledge of bike-related traffic laws.

The Bicycle Advisory Committee, comprised of UK employees, students and a community representative, is dedicated to cultivating a bicycle-friendly campus by educating its community about safe bicycling practices and improving bicycle facilities on campus.

Health & Wellness Offers Free Bike Class for Employees, Dependents

UK Health & Wellness is offering employees, retirees and their spouses an opportunity to sign up for Road 101: Bike Commuting Class. The class demonstrates basic, on-road riding skills and strategies for route and gear selection. The class will be held Wednesday, April 11, from 5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., behind the Joe Craft Center by the outdoor bleachers. A short ride around campus will be included, so participants must bring their own bike and helmet (required for participation). The commuting class is for competent riders only; participants must know how to ride a bike. A take-home educational handout will be included.

Anyone interested must pre-register at www.uky.edu/HR/wellness/bikeclass.html and sign a waiver to bring with them. Class size is limited, and will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.

YMCA Presents Better Biking Program

The UK Bicycle Advisory Committee is pleased to announce an opportunity through the YMCA of Central Kentucky for students and employees to improve their biking skills. A modest fee is charged to cover course materials, but these fees are waived for University of Kentucky students with a valid student ID.

The High Street YMCA’s Better Biking Program will feature three classes - Traffic Skills 101, 201 and Commuter – focusing on giving cyclists the confidence, training and skills they need to ride safely.

Traffic Skills 101 is recommended for adults and children over the age of 14. It will cover bicycle safety checks, flat tire repair and crash-avoidance techniques. Traffic Skills 201 is for more advanced students, and will include fitness education, night riding safety and advanced traffic negotiation. The Commuter class is for adult cyclists who wish to explore the possibility of commuting to work or school via bike. Topics will include cargo and clothing, route selection and foul-weather riding.

To learn more about these classes and to view schedules, contact the High Street YMCA at (859) 254-9622 or visit www.ymcaofcentralky.org/branches/high-street-ymca.

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